Activist Anna Hazare on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated his resolution to launch “the final starvation strike” of his life on farmers’ points in Delhi by January finish.
The letter got here as farmer unions are agitating on Delhi borders towards the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines.
Chatting with reporters later, Hazare mentioned the brand new farm legal guidelines don’t conform to “democratic values” and folks’s participation is important within the drafting of legislations.
He’ll stage a quick within the nationwide capital by month-end, 83-year-old Hazare mentioned within the letter to the PM, with out specifying the date.
On December 14, Hazare had written to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, warning of a starvation strike if his calls for together with the implementation of the M S Swaminathan Committee’s suggestions on agriculture weren’t met.
One other demand made by him was grant of autonomy to the Fee for Agricultural Prices and Costs.
“On the problem of farmers, I’ve had correspondence (with the Centre) 5 occasions, nonetheless, no response got here”.
“In consequence, I’ve determined to go on the final starvation strike of my life,” mentioned Hazare in his missive to the prime minister on Thursday.
He wrote 4 letters to the involved authority to hunt permission to stage starvation strike on the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi however no response got here from their aspect too, he mentioned.
Hazare, who was within the forefront of anti-corruption motion in 2011, reminded that when he went on a starvation strike on the Ramlila Maidan, the then UPA authorities had referred to as a particular session of Parliament.
“In that session, you and your senior ministers (leaders of the BJP, which was then in opposition on the Centre) had praised me, however now regardless of giving written assurances over the calls for, you aren’t fulfilling them,” he mentioned.
He was enclosing a video of opposition MPs praising him in Parliament then, Hazare mentioned.
Talking with an area information channel later, Hazare additionally commented on the farmers’ agitation on Delhi borders, saying folks must be concerned within the means of drafting of legal guidelines.
“These (farm) legal guidelines aren’t consistent with democratic values. If the federal government permits folks’s participation within the drafting of payments, it could be capable to make legal guidelines the way in which folks need them to be,” he added.
He additionally termed the Supreme Courtroom’s keep to the implementation of the legal guidelines as a “ethical defeat” of the federal government, and praised the farmers for protesting in a peaceable method.
“If the farmers stick with it the agitation in a non-violent method, the federal government wouldn’t be capable to do something. The second it turns violent, the federal government will crush it,” the Gandhian activist mentioned.
Hazare additionally mentioned he doesn’t see any speedy finish to the deadlock between the federal government and farmers as either side are “adamant” on their stands.
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